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21.12.270 Ownership of Meters.

City Code Section

All new services must have meters provided and installed by the Portland Water Bureau, except sewer meters; commercial, domestic and irrigation submeters; and as provided for fire protection in Section 21.12.220.  The cost of the meter plus installation will be charged to the applicant requesting the new service. The new meter is owned by the Portland Water Bureau.

The Portland Water Bureau will assume all repair, maintenance and future replacement responsibilities for new meters. For private meters that are used by the Portland Water Bureau for billing purposes, the Portland Water Bureau will perform all future repair, maintenance and replacement work at no charge to property owners or tenants. If the private meter is determined to be obsolete, the Portland Water Bureau will replace the privately-owned meter with a new Portland Water Bureau–owned meter at no charge to the property owner or tenants. The Portland Water Bureau will assume all responsibility for the cost of future meter repair or replacement.

As outside areas are annexed to the City, privately-owned meters will be repaired or replaced by the Portland Water Bureau on an as-needed basis with new Portland Water Bureau–owned meters at the City’s expense.

All annexed services are required to meet backflow protection requirements, as detailed in Section 21.12.320. All costs associated with providing currently approved backflow protection are the responsibility of the property owner or tenants.